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194 items by Christian Hoard

  • "Party at the NSA"

    "Party at the NSA" | SONG REVIEW

    The new single from Portland duo Yacht is lefty satire you can dance to: a deadpan-catchy shot at the surveillance state, complete with references to PRISM, whistle-blowing and the NSA data-gathering center in Utah. (Yacht fan Marc...

    August 21, 2013 10:39 AM ET
  • "Easy Easy"

    "Easy Easy" | SONG REVIEW

    Backed by little more than agitated electric-guitar strums, 18-year-old up-and-comer Archy Marshall croon-splutters through a serious case of the blues in a thick, working-class Brit accent, like Joe Strummer on a very rainy day. The...

    July 15, 2013 1:35 PM ET
  • Tommy Stinson Credits Replacements Reunion to 'Aligning of the Planets'

    Tommy Stinson Credits Replacements Reunion to 'Aligning of the Planets' | ARTICLE

    On July 4th, 1991, the Replacements capped off their set at Chicago's Grant Park with a winking, typically iconoclastic stunt: The members exited the stage one by one, leaving their roadies to pick up their instruments...

    June 14, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • The Wack Album

    The Wack Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    Last time out, the Lonely Island made a classic joke-rap album while somehow persuading Michael Bolton to belt, "This whole town's a pussy just waiting to get fucked!" Their third LP isn't as sublimely silly, or as...

    June 7, 2013 1:50 PM ET
  • "Mama Told Me"

    "Mama Told Me" | SONG REVIEW

    The OutKast MC's latest single rides an electro-funk groove so spry, Prince-ly and Eighties inspired that you can practically see Molly Ringwald roller-skating to it. Big Boi sounds typically light on his feet, speed-drawling comparisons between himself,...

    October 10, 2012 10:20 AM ET
  • "Blue Magic"

    "Blue Magic" | SONG REVIEW

    Riding with Queens buddies Das Racist, this 21-year-old "terrorist with no turban, lyricist with no sermon" sounds both skilled and spazzy over a dope, Zenned-out groove. "Y'all sound like Coldplay/Y'all sound like Oprah," he yelps. "Me, I...

    April 30, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Todd Snider on His New LP, 'Jock Republican Christian' Roots

    Q&A: Todd Snider on His New LP, 'Jock Republican Christian' Roots | ARTICLE

    "I've always avoided the notion that I'm smart because I know three chords and somehow managed not to get a real job," says Todd Snider. "I mean, I smoke more dope before 9 a.m. than most people...

    April 26, 2012 3:35 PM ET
  • "The House That Heaven Built"

    "The House That Heaven Built" | SONG REVIEW

    Noise-rock bros burn like the Replacements at their most earnestly hopped up."If they try to slow you down/Tell 'em all to go to hell," yowls Brian King, riding a ragged guitar surge. Invigorating stuff – and a...

    April 17, 2012 1:35 PM ET
  • Good News

    Good News | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Every sunrise I see takes the piss out of me/And there's cold tea in our loving cup," sings Dan Willson on his band's debut. A crack-voiced folkie who was raised an evangelical Christian, Willson warbles about crises...

    October 18, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Serengeti, 'Family and Friends'

    Serengeti, 'Family and Friends' | BLOG ENTRY

    Five years ago, this Chicago rapper made Dennehy, a truly great concept album about a friendship between a working-class white dude and a troubled teen MC. His 10th album is concept-free, but no less ...

    August 9, 2011 4:01 PM ET
  • Family and Friends

    Family and Friends | ALBUM REVIEW

    Five years ago, this Chicago rapper made Dennehy, a truly great concept album about a friendship between a working-class white dude and a troubled teen MC. His 10th album is concept-free, but no less distinct. Over atmospheric...

    August 2, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne and Andre 3000, 'Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)'

    Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne and Andre 3000, 'Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)' | BLOG ENTRY

    Lloyd's "Dedication to My Ex" could be 2011's "Fuck You" – the crazy catchy, joyfully profane, vaguely retro R&B song that sweeps the internet. Over a slinky, organ-splashed groove that could have come from ...

    June 29, 2011 5:15 PM ET
  • "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)"

    "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)" | SONG REVIEW

    Lloyd's "Dedication to My Ex" could be 2011's "Fuck You" – the crazy catchy, joyfully profane, vaguely retro R&B song that sweeps the internet. Over a slinky, organ-splashed groove that could have come from a Raphael Saadiq...

    June 29, 2011 5:08 PM ET
  • "Rolling Stone"

    "Rolling Stone" | SONG REVIEW

    "I'm-a keep on smoking till I can't hit another note," sings R&B buzz magnet Abel Tesfaye on this narcotic jam (whose title refers to the Earth, not this mag). Rather than slow him down, weed...

    June 8, 2011 9:20 AM ET
  • Paul McCartney, 'It's So Easy'

    Paul McCartney, 'It's So Easy' | BLOG ENTRY

    Buddy Holly was one of the Beatles' biggest influences, a pioneer whose simple tunes and insane two-year hot streak inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney to start writing their own songs. So it's no shock McCartney contributed to Rave...

    May 25, 2011 1:43 PM ET
  • "It's So Easy"

    "It's So Easy" | SONG REVIEW

    Buddy Holly was one of the Beatles' biggest influences, a pioneer whose simple tunes and insane two-year hot streak inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney to start writing their own songs. So it's...

    May 23, 2011 3:03 PM ET
  • "Brick By Brick"

    "Brick By Brick" | SONG REVIEW

    The first taste of the Brit band's fourth LP, this oddly meat-and-potatoes rocker finds Alex Turner rhyming "rock & roll" with "steal your soul" over simple riffs. His Jim Morrison impression later in the song is only...

    March 28, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • "The Words That Maketh Murder"

    "The Words That Maketh Murder" | SONG REVIEW

    Fairly peppy for a PJ Harvey song about murder, this folky shuffle finds Polly Jean warbling about dead soldiers while hand claps and horns add to the oddly catchy melee. The 500 Greatest Albums...

    January 28, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • Christian Hoard's Best of 2010

    Christian Hoard's Best of 2010 | ARTICLE

    Albums 1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam) Kanye's ego has, as ESPN analyst Mel Kiper would say, "tremendous upside": It's the reason he's so quotable, the reason he...

    December 27, 2010 10:30 AM ET
  • "Kush"

    "Kush" | SONG REVIEW

    The most amusing thing about the first single from Dre's long-gestating Detox album? Hearing Snoop claim he needs weed for his "cataracts." Otherwise, "Kush" is hookless, forgettable bud love.

    December 3, 2010 7:40 AM ET
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